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the syrian capital underground. >> if a fight them, they want to be -- they will be killed. the question is what they have to do to get. >> we tell you about the doomsday believers packing their bags before it's too late. welcome to our viewers on public television in america and also around the globe. bankings are usually in the business of making money and not handing it over. in a record fine, hsbc pays $1.9
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billion to settle u.s. allegations of money laundering. our chief economics correspondent has all the details. >> the largest bank in money- laundering, cartels washed through the bank. it resulted in a $1.9 billion fine, the biggest in u.s. banking history. the american authorities >> the corruption of the financial system by drug traffickers and other criminals, and free evading u.s. sanctions and law. >> they find $7 billion will be transferred between mexico and the u.s.. there were 25,000 transactions involving iran. in $290 million in suspicious
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traveler's checks were cleared by the bank. in a statement, they said they were story -- sorry for past mistakes. the former chairman was appointed as trade minister for david cameron. he had this to say when the allegations emerged in july. >> there were failures of the implementation, they expressed regret for that. it is a company i am proud to have worked for. >> they are not the only british bank to run these. the accusations of sanctions violations. other leading european banks have also in recent years reached settlements after money laundering allegations. >> there have been three arrests in the investigation of
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the key industry rate. that is a reminder of the troubled past trying to wipe the slate clean. >> a brief time ago, i discussed the case in new york. are they turning a blind eye to this alleged money-laundering? >> i think what happened is that the company was involved in sinbad housekeeping. they were very neglectful to the point that systematically, for several years, they failed to keep a close eye on who they were doing business with. in particular, in the case of money coming in mexico into the united states, they did not really ask any questions about why why there would be so many transfers and cash.
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the flow of money kept increasing at a time when a number of people working in the compliance office was decreasing. separately, we saw examples of the bank stripping details for who these transfers of money were coming from, making it virtually impossible that in some cases were countries sanctioned by america. >> another british bank reaching a settlement, a similar claims in the case of transferring money such as iran and sudan. those involved were considerably less that that is why it was shocking in some sense, because the scale and how long this went
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on for. >> it sounds like a big fine, but will it make much of the dead? >> remember that these banks make billions of dollars. possibly not, but the cast from this incident will take its toll because they will have to implement a lot of these new compliance changes. it gives you a sense that the final cost will be a lot more than $1.9 billion. >> thousands of people out on the streets of cairo, stating demonstrations for and against the president. a concrete barrier built to protect his palace has been reached this evening, against a constitution which they claim would give him too much power.
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george is on the scene and has this report. >> for the first time in weeks, those opposed to reforms came together. thousands marched on the presidential palace. the imposing walls designed to keep from spain. battered and beleaguered, the president is accused by many egyptians of trying to force through a constitution that limits free speech and ignores the country's religious and social minorities. >> anyone that [indiscernible] >> this is a relatively peaceful
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protest, hundreds if not thousands protecting the presidential palace. they had been given the full power of our rest. the institution that has remained neutral will be reluctant to get involved on behalf of the government against the people. >> earlier in the day on the other side of cairo, the president's own supporters were also out in force. they handed out copies of the controversial constitution, a document for all e egyptians. >> they have no discrimination whatsoever. >> major trouble was averted tonight because the groups were kept apart. in this divided country, a
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referendum on the constitution is due to take place on saturday. >> awhile protests continue to paralyzed parts of cairo, the capital damascus has renewed fighting. it has been two years since the uprising, tens of thousands have died. the middle east editor is in damascus and sent this report on the battle for an increasingly divided city. >> damascus is at the heart of the bloodiest arab uprising. they keep them under tight security that squeezes traffic down the main road. the capitals still functions. but the battle for damascus is under way. it is happening in the suburbs
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after months of shelling and air strikes. it is controlled by the rebels the claim they own about one- third of greater damascus. the rebels only have pockets of ground. these were blocks of flats. all sides should distinguish between civilians hiding. almost every building is damaged, which suggests is being treated as a military target. >> they sought a bomb and a barrel of explosives dropped from the helicopter. the blitz is breaking the city and breaking lives. it isn't breaking with the president's enemies. >> they have shown that they have the stomach for a fight. they can endure pain and they have the conviction that if they
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don't, they will be killed. the question for them is what more they will have to do. the fighters showed off what they can do. more than 200 recruits are being trained at an army base that they captured a month ago. the officers and defectors from the army have the trappings of the islamic fighters but denied the regime's charged that the byadists are influenced al qaeda. how important is it for you to win the battle of damascus? >> is very important.
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[indiscernible] >> but not if they can't treat their women did. -- wounded. nobody wanted their faces shown. the patient and civilian had the feet blown off by the rocket. >> he said we will only have peace if the brutal regime and the leader are removed. >> you can see the rebel-held suburbs in the main military hospital. >> the army no longer gives out casualty figures.
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they averaged 40 missions a day. >> one of the data served in the air force intelligence. he was killed in june at damascus airport. the family is from the same sector of the president and believe that they have no future if they go. >> for the children to grow up, we have to sacrifice themselves for the sake of the country. >> the presidential palace looms over damascus. syria has to futures, a political deal between all sides or a long civil war. the most likely option right now. >> the fight for syria and the
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special section on the web site when they first started. some of the key moment across the last two years, go to for more. the venezuelan president is undergoing surgery tonight. just hours after the prime minister was arrested by the military and forced to resign, the president has announced a new prime minister. they condemned the resignation, he had plans for an intervention. the u.k. government has been explaining his plan to allow same-sex marriage to be able to choose to conduct gay marriages,
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but the church of england which is against the plan has banned same-sex marriages. a disturbing report was released by the u.s. with the abuse of afghan women despite laws to protect them. one of the many problems the country faces. u.s. forces, that departure comes after a great sacrifice. one of the deadly as battles took place in 2009. it was there in eastern afghanistan, come under assault by 400 fighters. the events have been captured in a new book titled the outpost. he spoke to me a brief time ago. jay, you cover the politics in afghanistan.
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>> i was covering the war from the comfort of the white house and it is all very political, churning out troop numbers and it seemed a little cold. and when my son was born, my son jack was born, i looked up and he was a day old and there is this report of the combat outpost being attacked, the bottom of three steep mountains. i was holding my son hearing about eight other sons taken from this world and that moment the stock with me. i needed to know why an outpost was put there and what is it like to face of overwhelming odds and it went on from there? >> your focus on the book is this combat outpost. what does that tell us about u.s. policy?
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>> is sometimes data base will be put into place are a policy will be put into effect and even if things should be reconsidered, the estrangement are not necessarily made all the time because of the bureaucratic inertia, and we can do it and achieve anything we want. >> you write very graphically about the reality of war. are americans insulated from that? >> yes, in the u.s., the war is very sanitized. especially more than 11 years after the war began, the american people have grown weary about it. what the troops go through, what the families go through, and for that purpose, i would not be gratuitously graphic but descriptive of what exactly happens.
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>> it sounds like the u.s. presence is going and at the end of 2014. >> not really. during the campaign, the way obama and by and talk about the war, he says we will be out of there by 2014. combat troops will be gone, we will be withdrawing the combat troops. it is probably still we have -- we will probably still have counter-terrorism forces and maybe even the others. >> you are watching bbc world news america. nelson mandela fight the long infection and the world waits to hear more about his condition. for the last two weeks, a volcano in russia has erupted.
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the country's far eastern peninsula is one of the world's most volcanic regions. the local people have been fleeing with the latest activity. the first time, it has been spewing hot lava in nearly four decades. >> fire from the frozen earth. the volcano last erupted 36 years ago and this time it is the biggest ever. 200 tons of law but is pouring out. destroying a nearby scientific camps. 29 active volcanoes. it is such a pristine landscape that is listed as a world heritage site and it is not
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usually quite this dramatic. >> i was in shock and it looks like some sort of armageddon. the way the law but is slowing down towards you, as high as a five story house. >> the threat level has been downgraded from red orange. emergency services are taking the situation seriously. warning local residents to stay vigilant. for those living in the shadow of the volcano, they are not taking any chances. >> we are ready to go at any time. >> despite the warnings, the chance to see lava up close is not to be missed. bbc news.
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>> after days of speculation, it is being revealed that nelson mandela is being treated for a lung infection. the former south african president was admitted the hospital on saturday and is said to be responding to treatment. >> they remain out of sight in this hospital, being treated for an unspecified infection. for those closest to him, they spent years in the same presence and our sound incompetent. -- are sounding competent . >> nothing has happened to give us that impression, so our hope is that they will be home soon. >> deep in the south african countryside, celebrating his birthday with his family.
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the struggle against the party has withdrawn from public life. it has prompted three trips to the hospital. once for another chest infection. it is bound arrays anxiety levels there, but they might be getting the best care available. people know all too well that he is 94, increasingly frail, and is ill again. >> what does he mean to you? >> he means everything to us. he fought for our freedoms. >> you always remain a father to us. that is why we never talk of anything happening, we talk of them getting well sooner. in >> for more news and another
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glimpse of the man whose life has so often seemed inseparable. >> now to a french village of that is experiencing an unusual boom. they're drawing people into the foothills, doomsday cults heading there en masse. the only safe place when a plan that crashes into the earth in 10 days' time. >> some locals call it the land of the mortality. believe it or not, the survivors of armageddon. >> is rather funny to see this. maybe we have come to get our ticket for the end of the world. >> it seems far-fetched, but the
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colts say it is the only place safe from armageddon when a plan that will crash into earth. >> i have known this for two years and i am here to try to find out the gateway, maybe they will open up for the day of the end of the world. >> for believers on a budget, they will cap $300 a night. it has been offered for rent at $2,000 a day. genuine stones are selling for $2 a gram, a bottle of local spring water costs $20 a bottle and is also an end of the world wine. some people are not buying it. >> that might have destroyed something that was there before. >> we have a story in the middle of this that doesn't make any
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sense. it is a complete contradiction of reality. >> in just over a week, all will be revealed. >> don't say we didn't warn you. that brings today's program to a close but you can find constant updates on our web site. from all of us here at world news america, please to then tomorrow. -- tune in tomorrow. >> makes sense of international news at >> funding of this presentation was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu, newman's own foundation,
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and union bank. >> at union bank, our relationship managers work hard to understand the industry you operate in, working to nurture new ventures and help provide capital for key strategic decisions. we offer expertise and tailored solutions in a wide range of industries. what can we do for you? >> "bbc world news" was presented by kcet, los angeles. presented by kcet, los angeles.
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